Definition of Articles of Confederation in English:

Articles of Confederation

plural noun

  • The original constitution of the US, ratified in 1781, which was replaced by the US Constitution in 1789.

    ‘When the Constitution replaced the Articles of Confederation, the centrifugal forces that rendered the nascent United States unable to meet its basic obligations were reined in.’
    • ‘In the Continental Congress, Madison joined the effort to replace the Articles of Confederation with a new constitutional structure.’
    • ‘The predecessor to the United State Constitution were the Articles of Confederation, which was adopted by the thirteen colonies in the 1781.’
    • ‘On the first day of Constitutional Law, I have my students read it aloud, complaint by complaint, to get a sense for the document that laid the theoretical groundwork for the Articles of Confederation and then the Constitution.’
    • ‘This was an impetus behind abandoning the original Articles of Confederation and drafting the Constitution in 1787.’
    • ‘The first government of the United States ruled under the Articles of Confederation, which was ratified in 1781.’
    • ‘It took the United States an awful long time to move from the Articles of Confederation to a Constitution.’
    • ‘This book encompasses the twelve-year period of time when, the newly formed United States government went from the Articles of Confederation to the Constitution of the United States of America.’
    • ‘As Americans declared their independence they simultaneously wrote new state constitutions and drafted and adopted a federal constitution - the Articles of Confederation.’
    • ‘The immediate predecessor to the Constitution, the Articles of Confederation, purported to establish a ‘perpetual Union.’’
    • ‘The Continental Congress subsequently laid the groundwork for The Constitution with the Articles of Confederation in 1781.’
    • ‘The first national constitution, the Articles of Confederation, also concentrated all powers of government in a legislative branch.’
    • ‘Defense from foreign aggression is one of the most important reasons the Framers met to mend the Articles of Confederation and form the Constitution.’
    • ‘I remind some of my friends that it took us a while to go from the Articles of Confederation to the United States Constitution.’
    • ‘At the conclusion of the war, and following a turbulent decade under the weak and ineffective Articles of Confederation, the new United States adopted the Constitution and elected George Washington as its first President.’
    • ‘The Articles of Confederation, the first form of federal government created by the American colonies that had declared their independence from England, were drafted in 1776 and adopted in 1777.’
    • ‘The general expectation was that the convention would simply tinker with the Articles of Confederation, not overhaul its basic machinery.’
    • ‘The Federalists and Anti-Federalists argued about whether the national government should have the power to tax - under the Articles of Confederation, it did not.’
    • ‘First, a primary purpose of the Constitution was prohibit the states from engaging in the type of protectionism and economic warfare the prevailed under the Articles of Confederation.’
    • ‘Just because they were wrong about the need to change the Articles of Confederation and create a strong federal government, doesn't mean that they were wrong about everything.’